noun(also grizzly bear) (plural grizzlies)
An animal of a large race of the brown bear native to North America.
- Ursus arctos horribilis, family Ursidae
- The area is home to around 40 grizzlies and an unknown number of smaller black bears.
- There were wolves about in those days, as well as grizzlies in Montana and Alberta.
- The polar bear may surpass the Alaskan grizzly in size, with the maximum recorded weighing 726 kg.
adjective (grizzlier, grizzliest)Back to top
Grey or grey-haired: a grizzly beard
More example sentences
- On the bus from the airport into Reykjavik, there was a crazy man beside me with a grizzly beard and crumpled pieces of paper poking out of the many pockets in his camouflage jacket.
- The man beside me, a burly, smelly man with a grizzly black beard and a mole on his nose, was looking at me strangely.
- Up in the Visitors' Gallery, Cherie Blair - seemingly unaffected by having planted a kiss on Charles Clarke's grizzly chin in the Lobby on the way in - looked on approvingly.
mid 16th century (as adjective): from grizzle1. The noun dates from the early 19th century.